Teen with cerebral palsy has dream come true, plays with H.S. basketball team (vid)
Mitchell Greathouse, a teenager from Morganton, N.C., had his dreams come true this week when he got the chance to play in a game with his high school’s boys basketball team.
Greathouse was diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy as a nine-month-old. Considered by his classmates as Freedom High School boys basketball team’s biggest fan, Greathouse’s opportunity to play came by completing a challenge set forth by Casey Rogers, the team’s head coach.
Rogers said if Mitchell could accomplish taking 50 steps in his gait trainer, he could don a jersey and get into a game. It only took one day for Mitchell to do it.
So on Tuesday night, Mitchell had his moment on the court. After getting the ball, Mitchell passed to a teammate who converted on his shot, earning Mitchell an assist. The crowd, comprised of Freedom High fans as well as backers for the opponent Patton High School, erupted.
Madison Devinney, who recorded the moment and posted it to Instagram, spoke of how Mitchell is such an inspiration.
“Mitchell shows that the sky is the limit and to never give up,” Devinney said. “It was a moment that no one will ever forget.”
Rogers said after the game that the moment probably meant more to Mitchell’s fellow players and peers than the young man himself.
“They learn about how someone’s spirit and strength, and courage can affect so many people around them,” Rogers said, via WSOC-TV.